A sun-kissed complexion is all about subtlety. Achieve a beautiful — and safe — sunless glow by mixing a few drops of liquid bronzer with a healthy dose of your favorite lightweight SPF. Our picks: Giorgio Armani Beauty Maestro Bronzer ($64) and La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum With Sunscreen SPF 50 ($42.50).
Forget the heavy matte lipstick — this summer, it's all about the sheer bright lip stain. Cocktail a clear lip gloss or balm with your favorite pigment-packed red or pink lipstick hue for the ultimate pop of color. Our picks: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sorbet ($26) and Maybelline LipStudio Shine Shot Lip Topcoat ($5.99).
Nothing completes fresh-faced makeup like a rosy flush. For a natural, summer-worthy finish that melts into skin, mix your nighttime moisturizer with a powder blush — use a cotton swab to do the mixing in the palm of your hand — to get a custom hue that will give you a lit-from-within glow. Our picks: Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Sleeping Cream ($19.99) and Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Flamingo 97 ($9.79).
Bronzer and Highlight Smoky Eye
Love your bronzer and highlight palette, but thinking of tucking it away for summer? Think again because a soft sweep of glinty bronzer and a highlight along the brow bone instantly make a gorgeous summery smoky eye. Now that's what we call a multitasker. Our pick: BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette ($46).
This tried-and-true coupling is a beauty girl's favorite hack, so we couldn't leave it off our list. Sheer out your everyday foundation by mixing it with your favorite lightweight sunscreen or face oil for a radiant, I-just-got-back-from-vacation complexion all season long. Our picks: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($44) and Pixi by Petra Rose Oil Blend ($24).
Skip the fussy and irritating waterproof mascara and opt for a high shine look by layering clear brow gel over black mascara. The clear coat locks in the pigment and gives bottom lashes a beautifully natural finish, too. Our picks: IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara ($24) and E.L.F. Clear Brow & Lash Mascara Gel ($2).
We’ve switched up our skin care routines for summer and our makeup is following suit. Think easy, breezy: Ice pop-stained lips and a glowy complexion — but instead of investing in a whole set of seasonal lipsticks or a new bronzer, you can easily cocktail together a few beauty products you already own for the price of $0. It’s all about getting a bit creative with everything from your night cream to this season’s hottest BECCA palette. Fret not, for the DIY solutions to up your summer makeup game are super easy to whip up. Before you know it, you’ll be calling yourself a bona fide makeup artist. Here, the power couplings you already own to hack together the summer makeup kit of your dreams.
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